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Chicago Tribune Condemns Illinois Ballot Access Laws (August 29, 2014, 12:58 AM)

The Chicago Tribune has this lengthy and detailed editorial, condemning Illinois ballot access laws. The editorial covers not only Republican efforts to eliminate competition, but Democratic efforts as well. The editorial can be read for free if the reader signs up for five free articles per month.


UKIP Gains First Member of British House of Commons (August 28, 2014, 11:48 PM)

The United Kingdom Independence Party has gained its first member of the House of Commons. See this story, which says that member Douglas Carswell, elected as a Conservative, has left the Conservative Party and become a member of UKIP. The UKIP is opposed to British participation in the European Union. Carswell has resigned, and there

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Kentucky Republican Party Wants Libertarian U.S. Senate Signatures to be Checked Again (August 28, 2014, 09:32 PM)

According to this story, the chair of the Kentucky Republican Party wants each signature on the U.S. Senate Libertarian petition re-checked. The Libertarian Party already checked the status of each signature it collected.


Hawaii Supreme Court Won?t Let Storm Victims Vote Late in Primary (August 28, 2014, 08:43 PM)

On August 28, the Hawaii Supreme Court refused to hear Lathers v Abercrombie, scot-14-1069. This was a lawsuit filed by some Hawaii voters who were unable to vote in the August 9 primary because of flooding in their neighborhood. Here is the two-page order dismissing the case.


Third Circuit Explains Why it Put Independent Ticket on This Year?s Virgin Islands Ballot (August 28, 2014, 07:29 PM)

On August 26, the Third Circuit issued this 16-page opinion in Coffelt v Fawkes, 14-3280. In this case, the Third Circuit had issued an order on August 1 putting an independent ticket on the Virgin Islands ballot, but had not explained its reasoning. The opinion of August 26 does explain the reason for the order.

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Libertarian Party National Web Page Has List of Party?s 2014 Nominees (August 28, 2014, 06:28 PM)

The Libertarian Party’s national web page has this list of 2014 Libertarian Party nominees. The list will undergo further changes. The candidates are arranged in alphabetical order of states.


Arizona Green Party Files Opening Brief in Ninth Circuit in Petition Deadline Lawsuit (August 28, 2014, 06:23 PM)

On August 26, the Arizona Green Party filed this opening brief in Arizona Green Party v Bennett, 14-15976 in the Ninth Circuit. The issue is the state’s February petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties. The U.S. District Court had upheld the deadline.


U.S. District Court in South Dakota Upholds Law Telling Parties They Can?t Nominate a Non-Member (August 28, 2014, 01:37 PM)

On August 28, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Piersol upheld a South Dakota law that tells parties they cannot nominate a non-member. He ruled from the bench at the conclusion of the oral argument. Libertarian Party of South Dakota v Gant, 14-cv-4132. The judge said it is not a severe burden on a party to

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August 2014 Ballot Access News Print Edition (August 28, 2014, 12:51 PM)

Ballot Access News August 1, 2014 – Volume 30, Number 3 This issue was printed on white paper. Table of Contents THIRD CIRCUIT SAYS MINOR PARTIES HAVE STANDING TO CHALLENGE PETITION-CHECKING SYSTEM ARIZONA CONCEDES THAT ONE BALLOT ACCESS LAW IS VOID OREGON VOTERS WILL VOTE ON TOP-TWO SIX NEW BALLOT ACCESS CASES FILED OTHER NEW

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Carbondale, Illinois Newspaper Condemns Illinois Ballot Access Laws (August 28, 2014, 12:20 PM)

The Southern Illinoisan, the daily newspaper published in Carbondale, has this editorial condemning Illinois ballot access laws for candidates and also restrictions on the statewide initiative. Illinois has had bad ballot access laws since 1931, but one gets the impression that there has never before been so much discussion of the ballot access laws in

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